His forefathers were Gledstanes of Gledstanes, in the upper ward of Lanarkshire; or in Scottish phrase, Gledstanes of that Ilk.
As years went on their estates dwindled, and by the beginning of the 17th century Gledstanes was sold.
Then the son of the last Gledstanes of Arthurshiel removed to Biggar,.
John Gledstanes, great-grandfather of W.
Easter Gledstanes, the seat of the family from the 13th to the 17th century, and the estate of Arthurshiels, occupied by them for nearly a hundred years more, are situated about 31 m.